connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a Focus on Family Violence)

Become a relationship counselling practitioner with expertise in domestic and family violence, with our new Graduate Diploma. 


The Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a Focus on Family Violence) is suitable for counselling practitioners, or equivalent, wanting to enhance their skills to work with individuals and families affected by domestic and family violence.

With the skills and knowledge gained in the course, graduates will also be equipped for senior roles involving oversight of family violence service delivery including risk management, multi-disciplinary collaborative practice that is aligned with current practice requirements, family violence practice guidelines and legal/statutory obligations.

  • Highly interactive course - ask questions, see skills demonstrated first-hand.

  • Learn from experienced relationship counsellors with backgrounds in organisational, private practice and family violence contexts.

  • Gain the skills required to work in a variety of family violence roles including senior positions.

If you're looking to take the next step in your career - apply today or contact us for more information


Find out more in our Program Manual and Frequently Asked Questions.



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The role of a relationship counsellor

Relationship counsellors support individuals and families with a range of complex personal and relational issues affecting individual and family functioning.

A relationship counsellor’s role may include family violence service delivery including risk assessment, risk management and multi-disciplinary collaborative practice that is aligned with practice requirements, family violence practice guidelines and legal/statutory obligations.


Face-to-face delivery over a 12-month period, split into two semesters.

  • The first semester consists of weekly face-to-face classes and skills workshops. 
  • The second semester consists of a fully-arranged and supported work placement for all students, along with monthly face-to-face seminars.
Semester dates

This course will next run in June 2021. Please contact us directly to express your interest.


RAV makes every effort to keep our course as affordable as possible.

  • The Graduate Diploma fee for 2020 is $12750, inclusive of the fully-supported work placement.
  • A deposit of $1000 is required upon enrolment. Instalment options are available.

For more information about fees, please see the RTO Program Manual or contact us directly.


Semester 1

  • Subject 1: Legislation, ethics, codes of conduct, policy and collaborative practice in relationship counselling and domestic and family violence work.
  • Subject 2: Domestic and family violence: prevalence, dynamics, characteristics, risk assessment, risk management and protective concerns.
  • Subject 3: Relationship counselling theory and practice skills.
  • Subject 4: Domestic and family violence practice skills.
  • Subject 5: Counselling children, young people and families.
  • Subject 6: Separation, family law and child-focused parenting arrangements.

Semester 2

Work placement

  • 50 hours supervised by an experienced relationship counselling practitioner.
  • Please visit for detailed information on the course units.

Units of Competency

The Subjects and Work Placement listed above cover the following units of competency within the course:

  • CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
  • CHCDFV013 Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes
  • CHCDFV010 Promote accountability and assist users of domestic and family violence to accept responsibility
  • CHCDFV014 Provide programs to people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence
  • CHCDFV002 Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence
  • CHCFCS001 Facilitate the family counselling process
  • CHCFCS002 Provide relationship counselling
  • CHCFCS003 Provide counselling to children and young people
  • CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment
  • CHCFAM007 Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
  • CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework
Practical placement
  • Fully arranged and supported work placement in a service providing relationship counselling and family violence services to clients. Each student is matched with a centre and experienced counselling supervisor.
  • Students will participate in a minimum of 50 hours of client and case support work.
Student feedback

We are committed to providing high quality training that leads to a positive student experience at RAV. Feedback is sought from all our students through formal and informal evaluations throughout each course and this informs the ongoing development of our training programs.

Our students consistently provide positive feedback about their experience of training with RAV. Below are some of their comments, shared with their permission.

  • "This has been an amazing time of growth. The readings / learnings have been instrumental in the advancement of organisational practice but also in my own reflective capacity – best experience."
  • "The trainers were experts in the field and very willing to share their knowledge and encourage participation."
  • "Fantastic. Fast paced and interactive. (I) learned a lot of very useful skills."
  • "Trainers very experienced and capable, also encouraging - invaluable resources and support."

The Graduate Diploma is delivered by highly experienced and currently-practising relationship counsellors who have worked in a range of organisational, private practice and family violence contexts. Trainers have current training and assessment qualifications and relevant industry experience.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a focus on Family Violence) a candidate must have one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in counselling, psychology, social work, social science, or equivalent,
  • a Diploma of Counselling from the CHC Community Services Training Package or equivalent, or
  • ability to provide documented evidence of previous experience in a family counselling environment in a job role involving:
    - self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
    - exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
    - a range of technical and other skills.

Upon request and where applicable, candidates may request a credit transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please refer to the RTO Program Manual for more information.

All applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015, students undertaking nationally accredited training with RAV (i.e. enrolling into VET courses) will need to set up a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and provide this to Administration via email. RAV is required to record and verify a USI for each student.

More information is on the USI website and the links below can assist you to apply:

Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

RAV is an RTO (registration code 21977), providing nationally-recognised courses.


Recognition of prior learning

Recognition enables students to have their existing skills and knowledge relating to the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a focus on Family Violence) acknowledged and status granted where appropriate. This is available for people with extensive and relevant experience in counselling or family and domestic violence.

To apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you will need to provide evidence of the competencies needed for the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling (Family Violence) (CHC81015) by completing the RPL Application and Assessment Form, which is available on request from the RAV Training Team on (03) 8573 2277 or via email. Please also refer to the RTO Program Manual.

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      This course will next run in June 2021. Please contact us directly to express your interest.

  • Please see 'Format' and 'Semester dates' above for more information.

    Please note that course dates are subject to change should unforeseen circumstances occur, and students will be notified if rescheduling is required.
  • $13,390, inclusive of the fully-supported work placement. Instalment options available (a deposit of $1000 is required upon enrolment).
  • Upon enrolment, students will be provided with information about applicable legislation and their related rights and responsibilities, as well as RTO policy and procedures, learning resources, student or workplace agreements and support services that may be available.

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